Lymphedema Management Seminar | ACOLS

Lymphedema Management Seminar

The Lymphedema Management Seminar serves as an introduction to the management of upper and lower extremity lymphedema (primary and secondary). It is focused on increasing the understanding of proper lymphedema management and the application of the techniques known as Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy for lymphedema and other conditions.

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Course Objective

In each course participant will be introduced to the current treatment techniques for upper and lower extremity lymphedema using Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)*, as well as evaluation, documentation and measurement techniques. Furthermore the therapist will be able to establish a treatment plan for individuals with primary or secondary extremity lymphedema and perform the treatment accordingly.

By the end of this seminar participants will be able to distinguish between edema and lymphedema, understand the anatomical and physiological principles of the lymphatic system, sufficiently educate lymphedema patients in skin care, precautions and the use of compression devices (sleeves, stockings, compression alternatives), evaluate edema patients and design a comprehensive treatment plan, understand the principle application of Manual Lymph Drainage and multi-layered compression bandages and much more.

Class Topics

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the lymphatic system
  • Basic and advanced techniques of MLD and CDT
  • Treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema as well as related conditions
  • Lymphedema bandaging techniques for upper and lower extremities
  • Decongestive exercises for lymphedema patients
  • Measuring techniques for edema (volumetric and circumferential)
  • Measuring techniques for compression garments (with certification)
  • Home maintenance and self-treatment for lymphedema patients
  • Hygienic skin and nail care for lymphedema
  • Indications and contraindications for MLD and CDT
  • Billing issues for lymphedema therapy
  • Marketing issues for lymphedema therapists
  • Up-to-date teaching tools and technologies are used during the course
  • ACOLS provides free support of graduates (consulting services, therapist resource listing and more)
  • ACOLS periodically offers advanced and review classes

Please Note:

This is not a certification course. Upon completion of this seminar participants will not be able to sit for the National Certification Exam administered by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). The minimum hours necessary to sit for the LANA exam is 135. For more information visit LANA's website at (

Graduates will be able to bill insurance companies for those services. There is a possibility that in the future insurance companies will require that the therapist administering the services for lymphedema management be nationally certified. At this time national certification for lymphedema management is not necessary.

Should a Seminar graduate at any time decide to participate in a full (135-hour) certification course given by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, she/he will receive a financial credit towards the tuition.


The tuition of the seminar is $895.00. We offer an early registration discount of $100 if registered 60 days or more in advance.

Included in Tuition:

  • Textbook for Comprehensive Lymphedema Management
  • Course Manual
  • Complete Compression Bandage Set for the Upper and Lower Extremity
  • Certification for Compression Garment Fitting


To register for this class, simply click here. This will take you to our Schedule of Courses where you will be able to select the course of your choice and register. If you register online, your confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you within 24 business hours after registration.

If you would prefer to register via telephone, simply call our Admissions Representative at:

(800) 863-5935 x2 / (772) 589-3355 x2

We are available Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST.

Dates and Locations

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies now offers more classes in more locations, allowing the student to choose which location best serves their needs. Click here to see our current Schedule of Courses.


This course is 3.5 days in length (31 contact hours). The classroom hours are 8:00am – 6:00pm for the first 3 days and 8:00am - 12:00pm on the last day. There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 31 Contact Hours. CEU's are available. Each state and profession is different, so please contact our Admissions Department for more detailed information regarding CEU approvals. Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an approved provider for the AOTA and NCBTMB.

What to Bring

  • Bring your textbook (if you have it).
  • Two sheets to cover the treatment tables and draping.
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighters, as these may be useful for highlighting your manual.

All other class materials will be given to you on the first day of class.

What to Wear

Certain techniques that are practiced during classtime may require direct contact with the skin. Please have the following items available for class labs:

  • Ladies: Bathing suits, halter-tops, sports bras, shorts
  • Gentlemen: shorts, or bathing suit.

It is recommended you wear these items under comfortable clothing. The days can be long, so we want you to be as comfortable as possible. You may also want to bring a light jacket with you to class. Classroom temperatures can be difficult to regulate.

Where to Go

The location/hotel information will be provided to you upon registration. This will have detailed information on the location and accommodations of the course, including directions, special rates, etc.

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